1st Class Hons, BSc in Biology and Geography;
ESRC funded PhD and three year Fellowship
Jon's major interests include: participatory and environmental planning in the
Caribbean; the theoretical relationship between space, time and the political; an
elaboration of Stanley Cavell’s reading of moral perfectionism and the rise of
post- and anti-political trends in territorial governance. As part of his five-year
IPP/GURU Fellowship at Newcastle, Jonathan is focusing upon these specific themes,
whilst also co-developing an academic network entitled
‘The Space of Democracy and
the Democracy of Space’ (with Chantal Mouffe and Doreen Massey).
Jon has around forty publications in the fields of planning practice and theory,
political philosophy, geography, development studies and international relations.
He works through a wide range of media: from academic journals to consultancy,
newspapers, radio and television. Fully funded by the ESRC and DFID (total £200K)
for the last six years, his projects have included: the leading ‘Participatory
Planning in the Caribbean’ network (\3www.planningcaribbean.org.uk) (ESRC) and
‘Developing Institutional Capacity Building in Fisherfolk Communities of the
Caribbean’ (DFID), which employed hundreds of fisherpeople across the region.
Another three-year research programme (ESRC) explored various aspects of planning
in the Caribbean, resulting in the publication of the first co-edited monograph on
participatory planning in the region and the most up-to-date co-edited text on
environmental planning in the Caribbean. Jonathan has also co-initiated the first
Caribbean regional union for fisherpeople, which has presently spread across seven
countries. His visiting lecture positions have included the University of California
and the University of West Indies.
Jon is presently working on a series of requested publications for
world-leading journals, reflecting his interest in anti- and post-political
trends in territorial governance.
He is also developing the network
'The Space of Democracy and
the Democracy of Space', with Doreen Massey and Chantal Mouffe.